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Agustin Francisco Huneeus. From his company's website This is a story of wealth and privilege, and how a public appearance last week by a man fighting a proposed Napa County environmental law ended up being surprisingly prophetic. The federal case is so big -- 50 people were charged in six states -- that most individual details will be skimmed over. Here, I'm going to present some transcripts
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Modern awamori production; not so different from pre-WWII (see below). Courtesy Voyagin Yoshi Tome Awamori is a really interesting beverage, historically and culturally. Yoshi Tome, owner of one of the most successful sushi restaurants in the San Francisco bay area, has decided to refocus one restaurant's menu to show it off. Tome has owned Sushi Ran in Sausalito since 1986. The fine sake
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This looks like wine, but it isn't Cannabis has been legal in Colorado for five years now, which means finally there is some legitimate market data. Here are some highlights from a seminar at last month's Unified Wine & Grape Symposium: * More than 50% of American adults aged 21+ have tried cannabis at some time * 32% of adults 21+ in fully legal states have used cannabis in the last six
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In the last two weeks I watched two separate annual State of the wine Industry presentations. Both were focused on millennials and were worried that they aren't drinking as much wine as hoped. The reasons why were all in the reports. But the wine industry is pretty much doing the exact opposite of what millennials are saying they want. First, take a look at the two stories, then come back
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Graphics courtesy Silicon Valley Bank The wine industry has been warily eyeing cannabis since before the first state legalized it. Now that a wave of legalization is spreading across the U.S., owners of small wineries are gettting nervous. Wine sales are actually dropping for the first time in 25 years Rob McMillan, executive vice president of Silicon Valley Bank's wine division, was
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The question was, "How do you prefer your wine to taste? Check all that apply." Dr. Liz Thach Americans like sweet wines. Big wine companies know it. East Coast wineries know it. The main people in the dark are the wine media: people like me. We usually write disparagingly about red wines with residual sugar, if we write about them at all. We drink in an ivory tower. This is my main
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If you have a wine lover on your gift list, you might think the best gift is a bottle of wine. That's not untrue -- if you know them well enough to get a bottle they would find delightful. Sometimes that's easier said than done. If you pick up a $12 bottle at Trader Joe's for your niece the sommelier, she'll thank you because she's polite, but she'll also look for the nearest opportunity to
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Annoyed by French President Emmanuel Macron's ability to stand in the rain and honor World War I dead, our own President Donald Trump tweeted about unfair trade barriers that have prevented French people from drinking more U.S. wines: On Trade, France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S. The problem is that France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and
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This might be the most pivotal election in the U.S. since the Civil War, but locally it's all about school boards and ballot propositions. I have read the endorsements of the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee. I have also read the candidates' statements on Smart Voter (which I highly recommend visiting because you can see your specific
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Opening ceremony for a wine competition. I think they're supposed to be ... pollinated? This story is about one of my guilty pleasures: a transgression of my early drinking days. It's about a wine I would never have the courage to praise to a professional crowd: a cheap, sweet, mass-produced wine, screwcapped before that was cool, and I didn't even believe it was made from grapes. I liked
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